Top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth scripted easy wins but Kiran George stunned HS
Olympic hopeful Praneeth squandered the first-game advantage, losing 21-15, 12-21, 12-21 to second
Meanwhile, four Indian male shuttlers, including Olympic hopeful B Sai Praneeth, advanced to the
Fifth seed PV Sindhu will kick off her campaign with a clash against Malaysia's Soniia Cheah.
Olympic silver medallist Sindhu expectedly outclassed Malaysia's world no. 92 Kisona Selvaduray
Timely intervention by BAI, taking up the matter with topmost BWF officials to ensure if tests were
Along with Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy has also returned positive after undergoing a third round of
HS Prannoy, Parupalli Kashyap, Sameer Verma, Manu Attri were among others who left for Bangkok from
RMV Gurusaidutt and Pranaav Jerry Chopra are the other players to test COVID-19 positive.
BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma has accepted his apology and general secretary Ajay Singhania
Gopichand, however, refused to comment on the issue, while Prannoy didn't respond despite repeated
On disciplinary grounds, the BAI did not nominate world number 14 Srikanth and 28th ranked Prannoy
After HS Prannoy criticised the selection process, an unnamed BAI official had claimed the Kerala
HS Prannoy lashed out at the selection criteria of nominating athletes for national sports awards.
BAI nominated the men's singles shuttler Sameer Verma and the doubled pair of Satwiksairaj
Last year also HS Prannoy had expressed his disappointment for being not nominated for Arjuna
The 2018 CWG gold medalist says the sponsors bring money and with them taking the financial hit ,
However, Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth and Ponnappa will be participating in the tournament.
The Hyderabadi Saina took just 35 minutes to beat her opponent in the first round match.
In the singles event, world no. 11 B Sai Praneeth and giant-killer HS Prannoy suffered straight